One day after local health officials were hit with more than 900 new cases of COVID-19 the state released new numbers Tuesday morning showing less than 300 new cases with two new deaths.
The number of total cases in Kern County since the start of the pandemic now totals more than 39,700 with an additional 284 Tuesday. Another two deaths attributed to the virus brings that total to 447. The number of people that have recovered or are presumed to have recovered is now drawing closer to 30,000.
In order to try and boost testing rates, the COVID-19 Latino Task Force is hosting another free testing site Tuesday at Bakersfield College. The site is open right now and will continue testing until 4 p.m. These are self swab tests that are less invasive.
You're asked to wear a mask but if you don't have one they will be provided for free by Adventist Health and Jim Burke Ford.
No appointments are necessary for the tests.